Parc du Thabor in the spring.
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A PROCESS TRANSFORMED

Remember life before the internet? Before email? I remember punching away at my dad’s electric typewriter and the satisfying sound of each letter slapping the paper. Hearing the soft tap of my keyboard, I think we’ve come a long way. But what would you say if I insisted on writing each of these newsletters by hand? It’s tax season and I have before me our giving receipts to Cru in France from 2015 and 2016. The first is a form filled out in longhand, name, address, amount given, etc. The second is 100% computer generated from the cumulative amount to the address perfectly placed to be seen through the window of the envelope. In the past the order of the printouts wasn’t the same as the address labels, and it took a volunteer a week just to alphabetize and coordinate them. May’s reaction to this is the same as yours might be to my handwriting these newsletters. She couldn’t let it go on that way! Working together with the operational staff in the Paris office, she revolutionized their process. May helped them query their database for everything they needed. She reformatted the report, which looks much more professional, with the logo, positioning the address for the envelope window - imagine the time saved just there! I heard the volunteer is bored because she doesn’t have much to do. Technology is here and can help us. The operational staff is very thankful to May for connecting them to it!

Efrem playing in Plancoët.

Praises

  • for Efrem’s performance at Plancoët, and his grand prize!
  • for May’s contribution to the greatly improved gift receipt process.

Please pray

  • that Efrem continues to progress and enjoy playing the flute.
  • for wisdom and guidance in Dan’s future roles with Cru in France.
Dan Workman
Sabbatical in Colorado.
A week of sabbatical was spent with my family in Colorado.
Efrem practicing his swing.
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MUSIC TO THE EARS

Efrem competed for the third time in the regional flute competition in Plancoët. Once again he won the grand prize among all of the 30 or so flutists. His flute instructor from last summer's Crescendo Institute commented "It seems flute playing is sooooo easy for Efrem!" When I asked Efrem if it was easy for him he was quick to say no. But with his great stage presence and outstanding sound people take notice. Efrem will take the test to pass into the 3rd level of the Rennes Conservatory in May, a year ahead of normal. Then again, why be normal?

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SABBATICAL

Thank you to everyone who prayed for my time of sabbatical in March. It was restful, refreshing, and great to spend extra time with the Lord. Not looking at my work emails for a month was surprisingly easy! I'm entering into a phase of discussion with HR to redefine my job description, which will have some new elements and others which stay the same. I'll tell you all about it as soon as things become more clear. Please pray for wisdom in my next steps!

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Silas and Efrem with the guys.
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MK2MK

What do these have in common: a girl from Orlando who grew up in Hungary and Romania, another who was raised in Slovenia currently interning there with Cru, and a guy who grew up in Lesotho and Zimbabwe who does water engineering work in Iraq? They are all "missionary kids" with unique skills and experiences who traveled to the French staff conference to hold a special program for our own missionary kids - MK2MK. The team, as insiders who understand, helped the eleven children attending understand their uniqueness as third culture children. They delved into themes like coping with transition and processing through grief. Silas said, "It was nice to be with Christians who live out their faith, and super interesting to learn about a part of who I am." He also enjoyed their Bible study, specifically learning how the Bible has unity. Efrem says he learned "that you need to process through unresolved grief." These are weighty subjects! When we asked what they would say to a staff child who wasn't sure about attending Silas was quick to respond, "It's totally worth it, not only on the social level but also learning about who you are and who God is." As for Efrem, he was more practical with his advice - "You should go, but don't bring any snacks!" The team had brought a suitcase full of candy and t-shirts for the kids. We are so thankful for Katie, Sarah and Michael's willingness to travel to France, even taking their vacation time to serve our children in their unique way. MK2MK hosts missions trips specifically for these third culture kids, who are so uniquely suited to serve in foreign cultures. Maybe one day Silas and Efrem can participate!

Dan preparing the morning snack.

Praises

  • for the MK2MK team who offered a special program at the French staff conference.
  • for Dan's time of sabbatical this month.

Please pray

  • that Silas and Efrem keep growing spiritually and apply what they learned with MK2MK.
  • for growth in our emotional intelligence.
  • for wisdom and guidance in Dan's future roles with Cru in France.
Playing in the worship band.
The three Workman guys playing in the worship band.
MK2MK group shot.
The unique and wonderful group of staff teenagers whose parents are from France, USA, Chile, Korea and the UK.
MK2MK program.
The countries that shape the lives of the volunteers in the MK2MK program.
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EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE

Did you know that while your IQ is fairly locked in place from childhood, your emotional intelligence, EQ, can grow all your life! This was the theme studied at this year's French staff conference. Emotional intelligence is defined as the ability to understand your and others' emotions and how they affect what we do. Cain received the first emotional intelligence lesson in Genesis 4 when God asked him, "Why are you angry, and why is your face fallen?" Emotional intelligence affects how you see yourself, manage stress, make decisions and relate with others. One simple and eye opening suggestion was to pay close attention to our self-talk, the stream of thoughts constantly running through our mind. This is often more negative than positive and riddled with conjecture or untruths. Our self-talk is an important domain to allow the Lord's grace and truth shine! If we all grow toward emotional adulthood, our relationships would dramatically improve.

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